Fantasy Baseball Review: The Return of Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista

Welcome back to baseball Jose Bautista!

Wednesday was a very interesting day for baseball. The Orioles and Tigers eight runs over the final two innings, the Twins and Indians went 16 innings down in Puerto Rico, and the A’s walked it off against the White Sox in a 14 inning game that took almost 6 hours.

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Let’s take a look at the rest of the fantasy baseball relevant news and notes.

Jose Backtista

Although it seemed like Jose Bautista’s MLB career may be over, especially with May approaching, he is getting one more shot. He was signed today by the Atlanta Braves on a one-year minor-league deal.

As of now, he will report to the Braves extended spring training in Florida. The plan for the Braves is to play him at third base with an already packed outfield that will need to make room for Ronald Acuna.

Bautista’s bat has been on decline over the past few seasons with his average falling from .286 in 2014 down to .203 in 2017. His power has diminished severely as well. He has 45 home runs over the past two seasons after hitting 40 in 2015. In most 10-12 leagues, there should be no rush to pick him up. That said, he is worth keeping an eye on. If he gets the call up to the majors, then you can gamble on him at that point. But, keep those expectations real low.

Freddie Freeman is hurt?

The Atlanta Braves start first baseman Freddie Freeman was hit in the hand by pitch Wednesday night. It happens to be the same spot where he dealt with an injury in 2017. This is very worrisome, especially with Freeman going straight to the locker room after being hit.

If Freeman misses any time, Preston Tucker could move to first and make room for Ronald Acuna but we shall see. He should get an MRI today and news should break very soon. Hopefully it’s good news for Braves fans and fantasy owners.

Injured Starters

Several starting pitchers popped up with injury news today. The ever injured Rich Hill is headed to the DL with inflammation in the middle finger on his throwing hand. As a Hill owner, you have to expect him to miss chunks of the season. Hold him for now.

Taijuan Walker is getting Tommy John surgery which will end his season. He is dealing with a UCL injury. Drop Walker in all formats. He won’t be back until the middle of 2019.

Tyler O’Neill is getting the call

The St. Louis Cardinals are calling outfielder Tyler O’Neill. He will be available for Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs. He has legit power upside that has shown the ability to run on the basepaths. With Tommy Pham dealing with a groin issue and Jose Martinez is dealing with a left wrist injury. These injuries could make room for O’Neill to find playtime. I’d rather own him than

A dash of reality for Gerrit Cole

After making his case to join the Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale, Max Scherzer tier of elite tier of starting pitch, Gerrit Cole provided a dash of reality to fantasy owners and DFS players alike. While he was far from awful, his five strikeouts and two walks over seven innings reminded us that at or near double digit strikeouts in every outing is something we should not expect.

That said, if tonight was the floor, which it probably wasn’t, but if it was, that is great news for his owners. He is in the top 20 starters and probably closer 10 than 20.

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